As a freelancer, you have goals and expenses. This calculator gives you the minimum rate you need to charge to achieve your goals and pay your expenses. It's everything you need to plan a freelance business.
Calculates rates based on: Taxes • Savings • Living Expenses • Business Expenses • Travel
The math behind the calculator
“I tried to make my own spreadsheet, but I got overwhelmed by the number of things to account for. I never would have guessed it could be so easy and accessible!”
— Megan Lister, Freelance Illustrator
“Charging too little is such a common trap for freelancers. With this calculator, you can protect yourself by finding out what’s sustainable.”
— Kai Oelfke, Entrepreneur & iOS dev
“I wish I had this years ago so I didn’t have to spend so much time fine-tuning my rate. This is the best rate calculator I've ever encountered!”
— Richard Van Le, Designer
“This calculator puts you in the center of the equation and answers the most important question first: Can my rate support my lifestyle?”
— Stephen Ierodiaconou, Web Developer
Only freelancers who plan ahead navigate the future successfully
Without a solid plan that considers your goals & expenses, you risk:
- Never giving yourself time off because you might not make enough this month
- Losing your best projects because you're always overwhelmed
- Breaking your bank account when tax season arrives
Stay ahead of your expenses by using this simple calculator
“The hardest part of a proposal is determining how much to charge. Let The Freelance Rate Calculator determine your minimum rate and scale up from there.”
— Joe Masilotti, Indie Dev
⛔️ Stop wondering about how much to charge!
Figure out your freelancing rate for:
- Making rent
- Affording a car
- Paying for internet/utilities/laptop
- Taking a vacation
- Paying taxes
- Saving for the future
This spreadsheet has the answers:
Instant access. 100% free.
Other versions: Spanish translation
Back in 2019, I contacted Zach Collins (an immensely talented freelancer) and hired him to create the most useful tool for freelancers that he could imagine.
He designed The Freelance Rate Calculator.
Hi, I'm David.
I want to help more people choose independent paths in life, so they can work on what's important to them.
I believe self-directed people do the best work and find the best solutions.